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with Doug Wyllie, PoliceOne Editor in Chief
SHOT Show 2010: Safariland introduces new breaching device
Doors open when the WallBanger breaching tool comes knocking
Sandy Wall, a 28-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, has invented a truly innovative new breaching device for SWAT teams to more safely enter doors and windows behind which bad guys are lurking. The crowd around him at the Safariland booth was a telling indicator of the interest his WallBanger device is getting at SHOT 2010.
Constructed of square aluminum tubing that is remarkably lightweight, the WallBanger is basically a device that ties together and maximizes the effectiveness of a series of purpose-built components already in the BAE Systems line of products.
For example, there is the single WallBanger attachment for use with on Defense Technology 8901C1 device, and a double WallBanger attachment when you want to be twice as nice. There’s the OC Blaster attachment that’s ideal for break-and-rake followed by a cloud of gas. Finally, the DoorKey Head enables the team to use the overpressure of a Defense Technology 7001C1 flash-bang to breach a padlocked entryway.
Wall explains, “This was in development for about three years and all began with a utility pole with a series of implements” to meet various entry needs. Clearly, Wall has given this tool a considerable amount of thought and as a consequence found a seamless way to give SWAT operators a host of entry options in the field.
The entire system (which includes additional components not mentioned in this space) sells for a little under $4,500 and is immediately available for police agencies in the United States.
For more info, visit Safariland online.